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Hertl scores 3 as Sharks win 7th in row

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Tomas Hertl needed just three games to get his first NHL hat trick. It was more than a five-year wait for the second one, which came while he's playing perhaps the best hockey of his career.

Hertl knocked down Evgeni Malkin with his backside to score his first goal, got the second off a rebound and capped a big night with an empty-net goal that gave him 100 for his career and sealed the seventh straight win for the San Jose Sharks, 5-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

"It was wild. It was over five years," Hertl said. "I scored it in my third game. It had been a while. It's always fun and guys were just looking for me. I had an easy job on the last one and just knocked it in."

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